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HANYS Urges State Senate Finance Committee to Reject Health Care Cuts

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At this morning’s Senate Finance Committee hearing in New York City, HANYS’ President Daniel Sisto urged members of the New York State Senate to reject the health care cuts included in Governor Paterson’s Deficit Reduction Proposal (DRP).

In his testimony, Mr. Sisto reminded the Senate Finance Committee of the human costs of the funding reductions in Governor Paterson’s DRP, making it clear that any future cuts to health care funding will directly result in real losses of jobs and health care services in communities across New York State. Mr. Sisto delivered similar testimony before an Assembly panel last week.

Mr. Sisto urged lawmakers to reject the Governor’s proposed health care cuts in light of the likelihood of up to $12 billion in federal cuts, and the four recent state budget actions have resulted in annualized cuts totaling $1.7 billion for health care providers. The latest DRP would increase those cuts to a staggering $2 billion each year. No other sector has been subject to cuts approaching this magnitude.

Mr. Sisto provided Committee members with copies of Compound Fractures, which details the damage caused by recent state budget cuts, and Tangled Up in Rules, which highlights redundant and unneeded regulations that need to be addressed. He used the second report to urge lawmakers to enact meaningful regulatory reform to reduce costs and improve care.

Today’s hearing in New York City was the first of several statewide Senate hearings to solicit public input on the Governor’s DRP. The following dates and locations have also been scheduled:

  • October 27 at Brookhaven Town Hall Auditorium, Farmingville, 10 a.m.
  • November 2 at United Auto Workers offices, Williamsville, 10 a.m.
  • November 5 at Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford, 10 a.m.

The Governor today requested a public leaders’ meeting for this Thursday, October 29, in New York City. In anticipation of the extraordinary session also set today by the Governor for November 10, the Governor has asked the leaders of the Senate and Assembly to convene a joint session on November 9 in Albany, so that he can address the Legislature on a strategy for ensuring the long-term fiscal stability of New York. Contact: Julia Donnaruma

Published October 26, 2009